Bébur Gön Jampa Ling

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Bébur Gön Jampa Ling (Tib. སྤོ་བོ་ཆོས་རྫོང་བེ་འབུར་དགོན་བྱམས་པ་གླིང, Wyl. spo bo chos rdzong be 'bur dgon byams pa gling), aka Powo Chö Dzong Gön (Tib. སྤོ་བོ་ཆོས་རྫོང་དགོན་, Wyl. spo bo chos rdzong dgon), is a Geluk monastery in Powo, Tibet.[1]


Bébur Gön Jampa Ling is located in Powo on the banks of the Yarlung Tsangpo, in the district of Dorje Chü (Wyl. rdo rje chus), close to Powo Dzong (Wyl. spo bo rdzong), a ‘Fortress of Powo’, and is close to the town of Sum Dzong.[2][3]


Legend has it that in the year 640, the first Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo was to marry the Chinese princess Wencheng. Upon her travel to Tibet, she was to pass over the Ngulchu river in eastern Tibet. As the passage was obstructed, an alternative route further south was found, passing through Powo. She and her entourage spent the night at a local fortress (Powo Chö Dzong). After that, instructions were given to build a temple housing a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni at the very site. The monastery known as Bébur Gön Jampa Ling was founded at the very site in 1464 by Shopo Chökyi Drakpa (Wyl. sho po chos kyi grags pa).[4]


The main temple of the monastery housed a statue of Buddha Maitreya.


Shopo Chökyi Drakpa, the founder of Bébur Jampa Ling, was a student of Gungri Gyaltsen Sangpo (Wyl. gung ri rgyal mtshan bzang po), who was himself a direct student of Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa.

Main Lineages

The main practices in Bébur Gön Jampa Ling are those of the Gelukpa tradition.[5]

Main Teachers

There are four main incarnation lines in Bébur Jampa Ling:

  • Batrul (Wyl. sBa sprul)
  • Dragtrul (Wyl. brag sprul)
  • Tatrul (Wyl. rya sprul)
  • Tsangtrul (Wyl. tshang sprul)


  1. Alternative names include Bébur Lhakhang (Tib. བེ་འབུར་ལྷ་ཁང་, Wyl. be 'bur lha khang), Bébur Gön Jampa Ling (Tib. བེ་འབུར་དགོན་བྱམས་པ་གླིང་, Wyl. be 'bur dgon byams pa gling), Chö Dzong Jampa Ling (Tib. ཆོས་རྫོང་བྱམས་པ་གླིང་, Wyl. chos rdzong byams pa gling).
  2. It is located 97° width and 29° height on map of East Tibet, Gecko Maps, A. Rohweder, Switzerland.
  3. Emeric Yeshe Dorje, The History of the Düdjom Tersar Lineage, forthcoming.
  4. Phurbu rdo rje (1988), sPo bo lo rgyus, [History of Powo]: Lhasa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang.
  5. Phurbu rdo rje (1988), sPo bo lo rgyus, [History of Powo]: Lhasa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang.

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